Game of Thrones: Season 4 (Music from the HBO® Series) by Ramin Djawadi on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Ramin Djawadi has woven his scores for HBO’s hit Game of Thrones fantasy series into one of TV's grandest musical tapestries, translating such ideas as “honor” and “conspiracy” into recurring musical motifs, while pondering: What is the sound of dragon eggs hatching? But hold the Celtic influences, please. “As soon as it goes into that—I don’t want to say cliché—but that folky sound, the producers and I always said, 'Let’s not get too far down that road,'” Djawadi confides. His sensibilities were molded by a boyhood love of Elmer Bernstein’s landmark Magnificent Seven score. The composer says he treats each season as “a 10-hour movie,” a musical gambit that lets familiar themes continually interact and evolve. Season Four’s most striking musical redux is Sigur Rós’ haunting rendition of the recurring song “The Rains of Castamere,” with lyrics by series creator George R.R. Martin. (It was previously performed by The National during Season Two.)

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ramin Djawadi has woven his scores for HBO’s hit Game of Thrones fantasy series into one of TV's grandest musical tapestries, translating such ideas as “honor” and “conspiracy” into recurring musical motifs, while pondering: What is the sound of dragon eggs hatching? But hold the Celtic influences, please. “As soon as it goes into that—I don’t want to say cliché—but that folky sound, the producers and I always said, 'Let’s not get too far down that road,'” Djawadi confides. His sensibilities were molded by a boyhood love of Elmer Bernstein’s landmark Magnificent Seven score. The composer says he treats each season as “a 10-hour movie,” a musical gambit that lets familiar themes continually interact and evolve. Season Four’s most striking musical redux is Sigur Rós’ haunting rendition of the recurring song “The Rains of Castamere,” with lyrics by series creator George R.R. Martin. (It was previously performed by The National during Season Two.)

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About Ramin Djawadi

A multi-talented producer of music for films, television, and video games, Iranian-German composer Ramin Djawadi honed his considerable talents alongside contemporaries like Klaus Badelt, John Debney, Harry Gregson-Williams, and Steve Jablonsky while working for veteran composer Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions film score company. He worked as an assistant to Badelt before venturing out on his own with the RZA-assisted score for director David Goyer's Blade: Trinity (2004). He continued to work with Goyer, providing music for both film (The Unborn) and television (FlashForward), earning an Emmy nomination for the latter. In 2008 Djawadi, a longtime fan of the Marvel characters, provided the guitar-heavy score for director Jon Favreau's big-screen rendering of Iron Man, and in 2011, he provided the memorable (and oft-covered) theme and incidental music for HBO's massively popular fantasy series Game of Thrones. Subsequent film scores have included Clash of the Titans, Red Dawn, Pacific Rim, Warcraft, and The Great Wall, while his work in television expanded to vampire horror show The Strain, sci-fi techno thriller Person of Interest, and HBO's sci-fi/western hybrid Westworld. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Duisburg, Germany
  • BORN
    Jul 19, 1974

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